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Principal Ecologist

Job Introduction

We are looking for an experienced & highly motivated Ecologist to join our successful Ecology team at Senior and Principal levels We work predominantly in the private sector on a range of interesting projects including renewable energy, residential, logistics, education and leisure (and no HS2 work!).  we offer a range of training support to advance our staff careers and skills set.

We can be flexible on location in the UK but your nearest local office may be our Lincoln office.

Role Responsibility

  • Undertaking extended phase 1 habitat surveys/ UK Habs surveys to accurately describe and map habitats and assess their potential to support notable/protected species.
  • Undertaking phase 2 surveys for legally protected species.
  • Producing a range of ecological reports and reviewing junior team work
  • Designing and managing ecological surveys and associated mitigation.
  • Project Management
  • Liaising with clients, professional advisors, contractors and the general public.
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships at all levels within the business, with clients, subcontractors and other third parties (regulators, statutory consultees, etc.).
  • There will also be opportunities for managing and mentoring junior team members if candidate desire.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject
  • At least four years’ experience as a professional ecological consultant.
  • Good ecological field skills covering a range of protected species and habitats.
  • A sound understanding of the legislative and planning policy framework as it relates to ecology and nature conservation.
  • The ability to write concise, high quality, technical reports in line with CIEEM guidelines.
  • Ideally, experience of reviewing technical ecology reports written by others.
  • Experience of using the latest Defra Biodiversity Metric desirable (training can be given).
  • Experience of writing fee proposals, project management and client liaison desirable (training can be given).
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
  • Membership of CIEEM
  • Protected species licence(s) or working towards licences (support and training could be provided for interested  candidates wishing to pursue their licences)
  • Full UK driving licence

Package Description

We know that people are at their best when they are in a positive working environment, where they are encouraged to use their skills and where they have the opportunity to progress and become fulfilled. We want to attract and retain quality people so we have put together the following package of benefits:

Lifestyle & Family

  • 24 Days annual leave in addition to bank holidays
  • Employer matched pension contribution scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme – when you need support, we make sure it’s readily available for you from an independent provider 24/7 365 days a year
  • Wellbeing centre – access to healthy eating ideas, work outs and mediation guides
  • Discounts & cashback platform – exclusive access to deals from over 800 retailers where you can both spend money and earn cashback on every day expenses
  • Referral bonus – as a growing company, we are always looking to bring in talented individuals that fit our community. If you recommend someone that joins us, you’ll be rewarded every time.
  • Healthcare cashback scheme - claim back the cost of every day healthcare bills - from fillings and acupuncture to a new pair of specs. Our scheme also provides access to GP services 24/7 and expert health information.
  • Supportive family policies - whatever your parenting journey is, we will offer support when you need it.
  • Enhanced parental leave - we stand above other companies in our field, offering a significantly enhanced scheme for maternity and paternity leave.

Environmental

  • Electric car salary sacrifice scheme – lease a fully electric car through salary sacrifice, paying for it out of your gross salary before tax and national insurance is calculated.
  • Cycle to work scheme - whether you want a new bike, equipment or both, Cycle to Work will save you from 32% to 47% on the total cost.
  • Environmental initiatives - each year we take part in World Environment Day initiatives to continue in our mission to protect people and planet, such as planting trees and seagrass as part of biodiversity regeneration projects.

Working Culture

  • Our Social Value Fund gives our people the chance to make a positive difference. Our employees can request financial support for sponsorship or donations and volunteering leave for causes that matter to them.
  • Social events – held at regular intervals allowing you to spend some down time with your colleagues.
  • Charity sports events – fancy taking part in a half marathon or a sponsored bike ride? We’re always looking at ways we can offer our services or sponsorship to give something back to our people and local communities.
  • Connected communication systems - online chat, working groups for things you’re passionate about, blogs, employee representative groups and more.
  • Team meetings - we love to get together (in person or online) whenever we can, to discuss what we’re up to within our team and the wider Lucion community.
  • Long term career development – we have a nationwide presence with more than 500 employees operating across 12 specialist sectors including energy, healthcare, offshore, infrastructure, agriculture and land development. This means we can offer a wide range of career opportunities to those who share our commitment to making a positive difference to the environment.

About the Company

Lucion is a purpose-driven, beyond net-zero company, dedicated to protecting people from hazardous environments and protecting the environment from the impacts of people. Our name, Luc (to illuminate) / ion (to take action), reflects our purpose, to shed light on challenges and take action.

We facilitate the sustainable development of clients across 12 key sectors worldwide providing risk mitigation services through inspection, assessment and advisory services. Our commitment to quality across those areas is reflected in our ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 accreditations. We are the first choice for a safer and more sustainable future.

When you join Lucion you join more than just another set of work colleagues; we are a like-minded community with a shared vision. That vision is simple: we are committed to protecting people and the planet.

When you come to work with us you soon realise how important our role is in keeping people safe and the environment protected. In return you will have the backing and support of colleagues who will always help each other, not just some days, but every day.

We have a clear purpose and a shared set of values, embedded into everything that we do. We would love you to help shape them in the future!

Lucion is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to treating all individuals in a fair and equal manner by creating an inclusive and open environment. 

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